Latina tech founder creates wearable solution to those feeling targeted for their religion, race or sexual orientation
GritoBlast! — “My Muslim friends are telling me they are having their hijabs ripped off, one was told to hang herself with it because it is no longer allowed here,” emailed Jacqueline Ros, a tech start-up founder in Colorado. “My Latino friends are being yelled at to stop speaking in Spanish and told to go back where they came from. One of my female friends on Facebook was told to “shut up (b word I won’t type)” because she is a woman and “our country has spoken.”
At any other time, Ros may have felt helpless to help — but not anymore. As founder and CEO of the wearable tech company Revolar, Ros not only knows she can help but how to do it.
“To any and all of my friends who are feeling unsafe or are scared today please use the code #givefirst and get a Revolar for only $59,” Ros wrote. (The regular price is $100.00)
Revolar is a clip-on button that, when pressed, sends an alert to designated contacts, via a companion app, and lets the contacts know location and safety status.
Ros got the idea after her own sister was assaulted when she was a teenager.
Given the vitriolic nature of the attacks today, Ros doesn’t feel anyone should be in fear of their safety or not having peace of mind knowing your loved ones are safe.
“If anyone can’t afford (it), email me personally at email@example.com and I will personally cover the costs of however many I can or figure something out. I mean it. I promise. Together we have each other’s backs. Together we are stronger regardless of affiliations. And for my friends who have faced harassment on the street because you are different remember you are beautiful and loved.”